The Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia announced a potential plan that would include staffing reductions and furloughs. The plan is a result from the expected loss of state funds caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Board made the announcement Thursday as all 26 colleges and universities in the state develop a new spending plan for fiscal year 2021 — which will include a 14% reduction from the 2020 fiscal year.

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Artists and arts organizations were quick to adapt to quarantine and coronavirus. Museum tours, operas, Broadway shows, author talks, home concerts and classes for kids sprung up online shortly after closures were announced.

But as the dust begins to settle on our new normal, many worry about the long-term economic impact and outlook for the artists, performers and independent organizations essential to the cultural ecosystem.

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Getting needed supplies to hospitals has been a major challenge for governments around the world during the coronavirus pandemic.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation and Microsoft launched the Global Health Crisis Coordination Center this week in Atlanta. 

The new collaboration between academia, private businesses and the non-profit sector has been in the works for 18 months. It was prompted to launch early as the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. 

Bottles of hand sanitizer produced by Old Fourth Distillrey in Atlanta.
Old Fourth Distillery

Georgia distilleries are stepping up to combat shortages and keep workers employed by switching production from spirits to hand sanitizer. As panicked people rushed to stores to stock up as the coronavirus warning spread, aisles in grocery and convenience stores and gas stations were quickly cleaned out of essentials like cleaning supplies, toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

It's a constant point of discussion among local distillers, according to Georgia Distillers Association Vice President Jim Chasteen.


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The coronavirus pandemic has led to travel restrictions, canceled events, school closures, consumer panic, and mayhem in stock markets across the world.

The spiraling fears and slow access to tests for the virus in the U.S. have exposed weak points in government and health care systems, as well as the social fabric upon which we rely — especially for the most vulnerable.